This is a sentence-transformers model: It maps sentences & paragraphs to a 768 dimensional dense vector space and can be used for tasks like clustering or semantic search.

Usage (Sentence-Transformers)

Using this model becomes easy when you have sentence-transformers installed:

pip install -U sentence-transformers

Then you can use the model like this:

from sentence_transformers import SentenceTransformer
sentences = ["This is an example sentence", "Each sentence is converted"]

model = SentenceTransformer('sentence-transformers/all-distilroberta-v1')
embeddings = model.encode(sentences)

Usage (HuggingFace Transformers)

Without sentence-transformers, you can use the model like this: First, you pass your input through the transformer model, then you have to apply the right pooling-operation on-top of the contextualized word embeddings.

from transformers import AutoTokenizer, AutoModel
import torch
import torch.nn.functional as F

#Mean Pooling - Take attention mask into account for correct averaging
def mean_pooling(model_output, attention_mask):
    token_embeddings = model_output[0] #First element of model_output contains all token embeddings
    input_mask_expanded = attention_mask.unsqueeze(-1).expand(token_embeddings.size()).float()
    return torch.sum(token_embeddings * input_mask_expanded, 1) / torch.clamp(input_mask_expanded.sum(1), min=1e-9)

# Sentences we want sentence embeddings for
sentences = ['This is an example sentence', 'Each sentence is converted']

# Load model from HuggingFace Hub
tokenizer = AutoTokenizer.from_pretrained('sentence-transformers/all-distilroberta-v1')
model = AutoModel.from_pretrained('sentence-transformers/all-distilroberta-v1')

# Tokenize sentences
encoded_input = tokenizer(sentences, padding=True, truncation=True, return_tensors='pt')

# Compute token embeddings
with torch.no_grad():
    model_output = model(**encoded_input)

# Perform pooling
sentence_embeddings = mean_pooling(model_output, encoded_input['attention_mask'])

# Normalize embeddings
sentence_embeddings = F.normalize(sentence_embeddings, p=2, dim=1)

print("Sentence embeddings:")

Evaluation Results

For an automated evaluation of this model, see the Sentence Embeddings Benchmark:


The project aims to train sentence embedding models on very large sentence level datasets using a self-supervised contrastive learning objective. We used the pretrained distilroberta-base model and fine-tuned in on a 1B sentence pairs dataset. We use a contrastive learning objective: given a sentence from the pair, the model should predict which out of a set of randomly sampled other sentences, was actually paired with it in our dataset.

We developped this model during the Community week using JAX/Flax for NLP & CV, organized by Hugging Face. We developped this model as part of the project: Train the Best Sentence Embedding Model Ever with 1B Training Pairs. We benefited from efficient hardware infrastructure to run the project: 7 TPUs v3-8, as well as intervention from Googles Flax, JAX, and Cloud team member about efficient deep learning frameworks.

Intended uses

Our model is intented to be used as a sentence and short paragraph encoder. Given an input text, it ouptuts a vector which captures the semantic information. The sentence vector may be used for information retrieval, clustering or sentence similarity tasks.

By default, input text longer than 128 word pieces is truncated.

Training procedure


We use the pretrained distilroberta-base. Please refer to the model card for more detailed information about the pre-training procedure.


We fine-tune the model using a contrastive objective. Formally, we compute the cosine similarity from each possible sentence pairs from the batch. We then apply the cross entropy loss by comparing with true pairs.

Hyper parameters

We trained ou model on a TPU v3-8. We train the model during 920k steps using a batch size of 512 (64 per TPU core). We use a learning rate warm up of 500. The sequence length was limited to 128 tokens. We used the AdamW optimizer with a 2e-5 learning rate. The full training script is accessible in this current repository:

Training data

We use the concatenation from multiple datasets to fine-tune our model. The total number of sentence pairs is above 1 billion sentences. We sampled each dataset given a weighted probability which configuration is detailed in the data_config.json file.

Dataset Paper Number of training tuples
Reddit comments (2015-2018) paper 726,484,430
S2ORC Citation pairs (Abstracts) paper 116,288,806
WikiAnswers Duplicate question pairs paper 77,427,422
PAQ (Question, Answer) pairs paper 64,371,441
S2ORC Citation pairs (Titles) paper 52,603,982
S2ORC (Title, Abstract) paper 41,769,185
Stack Exchange (Title, Body) pairs - 25,316,456
MS MARCO triplets paper 9,144,553
GOOAQ: Open Question Answering with Diverse Answer Types paper 3,012,496
Yahoo Answers (Title, Answer) paper 1,198,260
Code Search - 1,151,414
COCO Image captions paper 828,395
SPECTER citation triplets paper 684,100
Yahoo Answers (Question, Answer) paper 681,164
Yahoo Answers (Title, Question) paper 659,896
SearchQA paper 582,261
Eli5 paper 325,475
Flickr 30k paper 317,695
Stack Exchange Duplicate questions (titles) 304,525
AllNLI (SNLI and MultiNLI paper SNLI, paper MultiNLI 277,230
Stack Exchange Duplicate questions (bodies) 250,519
Stack Exchange Duplicate questions (titles+bodies) 250,460
Sentence Compression paper 180,000
Wikihow paper 128,542
Altlex paper 112,696
Quora Question Triplets - 103,663
Simple Wikipedia paper 102,225
Natural Questions (NQ) paper 100,231
SQuAD2.0 paper 87,599
TriviaQA - 73,346
Total 1,124,818,467
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